Today is April 20, and for many in the know, “420” is the code word (see here for urban dictionary definition) for smoking weed. In this day and age, as many places are pushing closer to legalization and regulation of marijuana, let’s not forget some pivotal moments in history that involved marijuana.
The Founders espoused the virtues of weed
Well let’s start with the rumor that the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution was written on hemp paper. Then of course, some of our earliest presidents have quoted hemp usage was essential.
- “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” – Thomas Jefferson
- “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” – George Washington
- “We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.” – John Adams
Willie Nelson Smoked Weed at the White House
Willie Nelson who has notoriously been detained many times for his marijuana possession supposedly smoked a fattie on the roof of the White House. He recounted it in his book as well as in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
Bill Clinton ‘didn’t inhale’
Who can forget when asked in 1992 about his marijuana usage that Bill said that he didn’t inhale? How many believed him? How many also believed that he didn’t have sex with Monica Lewinsky?
I think the camera person from this video was high. Being as it may, at least the President was truthful about using it.
New York Legalizes weed
Within the past 15 years over 20 states as well as Washington DC, have legalized marijuana. New York however, has some of the most restrictive laws on the books. People got happy when New York passed the law until they saw the fine print. SNL captured the moment well.
Obviously, we didn’t list the numerous arrests and run-ins with the law the celebrities had, but it’s been interesting to see the shift on how marijuana has been treated from a legal standpoint in the US. Here is a hope that those who have been penalized heavily in the system can get fair treatment, now that some laws have been changed. Having examined some past moments between our country’s leaders and cannabis, it makes one wonder what involvement (if any) our current presidential hopefuls have had with Mary Jane.